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Ardor, Candid, Candor display of Sports at St. Xavier’s, Jaipur

Sports days are days of energy and enthusiasm, awaited the whole year by the students. However, Annual Sports Day at St. Xavier’s is awaited by alumni, parents and media as well. And when it is combined with Diamond Jubilee, it adds on to the ardor!

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Pride. Esteem. Determination. Love. Respect. St. Xavier’s Jaipur, in short!

And no, we are not just writing these words for the school, we mean every iota of it. It was Annual Sports Day being celebrated at the school, where the students displayed the true spirit of their school.

Celebrating 75 successful years, the school was abuzz with activities since morning to prepare for its 74th Annual Sports Day on November 28th. Excitement was seen all around. And soon it was that time of the year for which several students had probably waited for months.

Chief Guest Maj Gen Vinod Kumar and Fr. Principal Ravi John with Guards of Honor

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The school echoed with claps as the Honorable Chief Guest, Major General Vinod Kumar, VSM MG-ic-Adm (HQ south Western Command) entered the sports ground. The Father Principal, Fr. John Ravi, forwarded warm welcome as the students glowed with firm determination as the march past starts.

The esteemed guests with the Chief Guest

A must to mention here is the parade commander Pundrikaksh Joshi, who commanded the entire march with a never-seen-before passion and a voice so riveting that he held the entire ground single-handedly.

Master Pundrikaksh Joshi

Fr. Principal welcomed the Chief Guest and other guests and students with grateful and encouraging words. Along with the welcome, he requested the Major General to meet all the marching and meritorious students, who then had hoisted the school flag and paid homage to the martyred Xavierites in the Armed Forces with the Bigule salute in the backdrop.

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The Guards of Honor, Arjun, Somendra, Tanishq, Riddh, Aastha, Madhu, Ravee & Simran

The outgoing Gen. Cap. Kaustubh Jagawat, also an outstanding athlete, carried the Olympic Torch passing it on to the incoming Gen. Cap. Pranjali Sehgal. All the various houses of the school then march forward to give way to the Chief Guest’s address.

Gen. Cap. Kaustubh Jagawat, clearly the most celebrated athlete of Xavier's

Maj. Gen. Vinod Kumar congratulated each and every student and teacher for being a part of such a school. He had congratulated all the march past and other cultural activity participants. He talked about the importance of sports, saying how it instills a sense of camaraderie, selflessness, confidence, standing as the foundation of several goods of a society. Encouraging the students to learn as much as possible, he referred to them as the future of the country.

The Maj Gen addressing the gathering

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Ninety-two national players. Yes! The school country houses 92 national level players in different fields, who all were then introduced to the Chief Guest.

Cultural activities started with Fitness Fusion presented by students of Classes 4 and 5, wherein as many as 750 students had participated. Though, it was presented by tiny ones, but the rhythmic show was highly mesmerizing as they ended their performance with forming two pretty lotus flowers with impersonation of Goddess Saraswati in the mid.

Tiny tots showcasing Fitness Fusion

What followed next is probably the ‘latest’ pride of the school. Bagpipe band … school’s very own band, the idea of which was conceived by Fr. Principal just a few months ago.

St. Xavier's pride: The Bagpipe Band

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The synchronization, the zest that the students had put on display, with a practice of just a few months, was definitely awe-inspiring. The band formed under the guidance of Ms. Manju Sharma, was led by Master Anshul Panicker of Class 10.

Master Anshul Panicker

There was yet another mind-blowing dance presentation, Sarva Manglam Bhavatu, under the guidance of Ms. Pinky Verghese, which was based on ‘panch-tatva’, fire, water, earth, air, and sky. The participating girls mixed various dance forms to present a spell-binding performance with the message of Save Earth!

Asking to help Save Earth: Girls of Classes 6, 7 and 8

For the Karate display, three cheers for the patience 5th Dan from Japan, black belt holder, Mr. Mahesh Kayath, who has helped young students be Karate champs at their tender ages. National level player, Priyansh Bhargava, Class 10 student, was the one who stunned all with the kind of stunts he had presented.

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Coach Mahesh Kayath and alter ego Priyansh Bhargava

The gist of sports day started next. Races … several of them. Starting with the juniors of the school, who participated in fun races, like monkey race, back race, three-legged race, and others like relay race, 100mtr race, then moving on to senior races, like relay 4*100 races, open relay races, 200mtr race.

 

Inching towards the end of the ceremony, the school couldn’t forget what it awaits for the whole year. Tug of War between alumni vs school students.

An inch yet closer to the end started the award ceremony. Ok, so this was another event that the students await. As they say, the best one wins …

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The victorious house students

So that was 74th Annual Sports Day at St. Xavier’s, Jaipur. The events, the performances, the races, the winners, the sportsmanship, the prizes, the pride … yet there are some moments that etch in memories for long. And it happened in Xavier’s too. Well, the entire event was for sure memorable, but a small incident … a goose-bump moment … for which even the audience couldn’t help saluting. A teacher bent down to tie shoe laces of a student, the Parade Commander … Respect. Several among the audience stood up to salute this teacher, Mr. Jiju George, several got goose-bumps. That showed the true spirit of teachers, never thinking a moment before helping a student.

 

Picture credits: We are Xavier Family, Melven Castelino

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Kerala Introduces ‘Water-Bell’ Initiative in Schools to Boost Hydration

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In a pioneering move to promote adequate hydration among students, Kerala schools have commenced the ‘water-bell’ system from Monday. This innovative initiative, inaugurated by the State General Education Minister V Sivankutty, is set to ring in a new era of health consciousness in the state’s education system.

Under this system, a bell will specifically ring twice during the school day – at 10:30 am and again at 2:30 pm – across all educational institutions in Kerala to remind students to drink water. This measure comes as a response to the increasing temperatures in the region, which heighten the risk of dehydration.

Minister Sivankutty highlighted the significance of regular water intake, noting that it’s essential even when students do not feel thirsty. He pointed out the risks associated with heat, including dehydration, which can cause discomfort and affect students’ well-being and academic performance. Furthermore, he underlined the importance of providing accessible clean drinking water for all students, particularly for those who may not bring water from home.

The General Education Department has proudly noted that Kerala was the first state in India to introduce this system back in 2019, in areas that were notably affected by high temperatures. The initiative proved to be influential, with other states like Karnataka and Telangana following suit with similar programmes.

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Each hydration interval, lasting five minutes, is a strategic pause in the school day, designed to ensure students maintain good hydration habits. This is part of a broader effort to combat the negative health effects associated with India’s soaring summer temperatures.

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A Voice for All Ages: The Enduring Legacy of Ameen Sayani in Indian Education

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In the echoing halls of Indian broadcasting, the voice of Mr. Ameen Sayani resonated with a warmth that touched millions, uniting a diverse nation in the golden era of radio. Today, at the age of 91, as we bid farewell to this stalwart of the airwaves, his absence leaves a silence that is palpable and profound. Mr. Sayani was not merely a radio presenter; he was a cultural icon who personified the soul of India, a voice that became the soundtrack of our collective memory.

The voice of Mr. Ameen Sayani has been a familiar comfort in the homes of countless Indians, a testament to his incredible journey in broadcasting. He is best known for his work on “Binaca Geetmala”, a radio program that became a weekly ritual for listeners, showcasing the latest and greatest in Hindi film music. His distinctive voice and charming style turned the show into an institution, one that charted the musical landscape of India for years. His journey in the world of radio began at a young age, and his natural ease behind the microphone made him a household name. Through his programs, he didn’t just play songs; he wove tales around them, connecting with his audience on a personal level, making each listener feel as though they were a part of a larger Indian family.

Why should Mr. Sayani’s legacy be a part of our schools and colleges? It’s simple: he was a master storyteller and communicator, whose skills go beyond radio. He showed us the power of reaching out and touching hearts, of crafting stories that linger in the memory. These are the kinds of lessons that are vital for every student, no matter what they want to do in life.

Mr. Sayani’s voice brought people together, crossing barriers of region and language. His approach to communication is something we should all try to learn from – it’s about engaging with others, being culturally aware, and building a sense of community with our words.

His radio shows did more than entertain. They taught listeners how to listen to each other, to share in the joys and sorrows of others, reflecting the society of the time. As educators, we should aim to teach our students not just to be good at a job, but to be good people – and Mr. Sayani’s life and work offer rich lessons in this respect.

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To include Mr. Sayani in our curriculum is to honor a man whose passion became the heartbeat of a nation. We should use his story to inspire students to find their own voices, to tell stories that matter, and to understand the incredible impact they can have on the world.

As we remember him, let’s bring the spirit of his work into our classrooms, so that the power of his voice continues to inspire future generations to make their own lasting impact.

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From 2025-26, Indian Students to Get Two Opportunities to Sit for Board Exams

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In a significant overhaul aimed at alleviating academic pressure, Union Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan announced that students will soon have the opportunity to sit for their 10th and 12th board examinations twice within the same academic year. This groundbreaking initiative is set to commence in the 2025-26 session, aligning with the broader objectives of the new National Education Policy (NEP).

The announcement was made in Chhattisgarh during the inauguration of the PM SHRI (Prime Minister Schools for Rising India) scheme, which promises the modernisation of 211 state schools. Speaking at the Pandit Deendayal Upadhyay Auditorium in Raipur, Pradhan highlighted the NEP’s focus on reducing student stress and fostering a holistic educational environment.

Central to the NEP’s vision, introduced by the government in 2020, is the introduction of “10 bag-less days” annually, encouraging students to engage in arts, culture, sports, and other extracurricular activities. Furthermore, Pradhan detailed the Centre’s plan under the NEP 2020 to offer dual exam opportunities for board students starting from the academic year 2025-26. This approach, following the New Curriculum Framework (NCF) unveiled last August, aims to provide ample preparation time and enhance student performance.

Under this new system, students can choose their best score from the two exam sittings, a strategy aimed at maximising their academic outcomes. The minister queried the attending students on their views regarding this revision, urging them to seize the advantage of selecting their optimal results.

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Pradhan reinforced that this innovation in examination policy reflects Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision encapsulated in the NEP: to cultivate a stress-free learning environment enriched with quality education. This initiative also seeks to keep students connected with their cultural roots while equipping them for future challenges, all contributing towards India’s goal of becoming a developed nation by 2047.

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ISRO Launches Young Scientist Programme 2024 for Budding Space Enthusiasts

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The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has unveiled its Young Scientist Programme (YUVIKA) for the year 2024, a pioneering initiative aimed at nurturing young minds in the realms of space science and technology. Scheduled for May 13-24, this two-week residential programme targets students in Standard 9, offering them a unique opportunity to delve into the basics of space technology, science, and its myriad applications.

Registration for YUVIKA 2024 kicks off on February 20 and concludes on March 20, 2024. ISRO has crafted a meticulous selection criterion for participants, emphasizing academic excellence, quiz performance, science fair participation, Olympiad achievements, sports victories, and involvement in activities like Scouts and Guides, NCC, or NSS. Additionally, a special consideration is given to students studying in rural schools, ensuring a diverse and inclusive cohort.

The registration process is straightforward: candidates are required to sign up on the ISRO Antariksha Jigyasa Platform, confirm their email, participate in SpaceQuiz, and submit relevant personal details along with attested certificates for verification.

Through YUVIKA 2024, ISRO aims not only to educate the youth about space science but also to inspire them to explore careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). This endeavour reflects ISRO’s commitment to fostering a new generation of scientists and engineers equipped to further India’s space exploration missions.

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For more details on the programme and registration process, interested candidates are encouraged to visit the official website. This initiative represents a significant step towards empowering India’s youth with the knowledge and skills required to navigate the future of space science and technology.

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Lexicon Schools Spark Innovation with STEAM Fest

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The Lexicon Schools recently hosted STEAM Fest, a vibrant celebration of creativity, innovation, and interdisciplinary learning. The event showcased numerous projects and activities, embodying the school’s commitment to providing a holistic education integrating Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM).

STEAM education nurtures critical thinking and problem-solving skills essential for the 21st-century workforce. It promotes transparent evaluation and cultivates self-discovery, empowering children to create tangible solutions and become lifelong learners.

Reflecting on the success of the fest, Mr. Pankaj Sharma, President, The Lexicon Group of Institutes, Chairman & MD, Pune Times Mirror, Civic Mirror, and MultiFit, remarked, “STEAM education is essential for preparing students for the challenges of the future. With focus on not only the ‘how’ and ‘what’, but also the ‘who’ and ‘why’, the STEAM Fest is specifically designed to develop future innovators. At The Lexicon Schools, integrating STEAM into the curriculum fosters well-rounded individuals equipped to tackle the dynamic, multifaceted challenges of the modern world, ensuring their education remains relevant and future-proof.”

Participants engaged in different projects, exemplifying the fusion of art, science, technology, and engineering. The young minds delved into math-related activities and presented projects focused on cleanliness and hygiene. Primary students delved into robotics, and environmental sustainability at the fest. Their projects on mechanical water pumps and balloon cars displayed their grasp of engineering principles, while the exploration of the water cycle and projects on thermal conductivity delved into scientific concepts. Moreover, an anatomical display of the human body provided valuable insights into biology, and the air quality monitoring project raised awareness about the pressing issue of air pollution.

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Senior students engaged with advanced concepts, such as IoT and road safety. They also created kaleidoscopic displays, developed rainwater detection systems, and presented anatomical models.

STEAM education, with its integrated and holistic approach, aids students in perceiving challenging subjects from different perspectives. Through hands-on projects, students explored creative processes and utilized various methods of inquiry and investigation, cultivating a diverse set of hard and soft skills.

Mr. Nasir Shaikh, Group Chief Executive Officer, The Lexicon Group of Institutes, EduCrack, & EasyRecruit+, added, “STEAM taps into children’s natural curiosity. If you’ve ever tried to find answers to a long series of questions asked by a child, you know how inquisitive they are about the world around them. STEAM lessons focus on deep questioning and finding novel solutions rather than memorizing standard facts and figures that can easily be ‘Googled’.”

Education is not just about academic achievement; it’s about cultivating a mindset of inquisitiveness, innovation, and collaboration. The Lexicon Schools exemplified this by providing a platform for students to showcase their talents, exchange ideas, and inspire one another. By integrating STEAM-based learning, The Lexicon Schools are shaping the leaders, innovators, and problem-solvers of tomorrow.

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NCTE organizes 1-Day National Conference on Teacher Eligibility Test (TET) in partnership with CBSE

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In a landmark move to align with the National Education Policy (NEP) 2020, the National Council for Teacher Education (NCTE) in collaboration with the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) convened a 1-Day National Conference on Teacher Eligibility Test (TET) on 12 February 2024. This pivotal gathering was aimed at discussing and implementing transformative changes to TET, particularly extending it to secondary education levels (Classes 9 to 12).

Ms. Kesang Y. Sherpa IRS, Member Secretary of NCTE, underscored the NEP 2020’s recommendation for the implementation of TET across various levels of education. She announced NCTE’s initiative to propose and implement TET for secondary education, marking a significant step towards ensuring the quality and capability of teachers across all school levels.

Echoing the importance of TET, Smt. Nidhi Chhibber IAS, Chairperson of CBSE, emphasized the role of teacher capability in creating effective classroom environments. With CBSE’s extensive experience in conducting TET, she assured the conference of CBSE’s commitment to collaborate closely with NCTE in sharing data and jointly implementing future plans.

Shri Vikram Sahay IRS, Principal Commissioner, Income Tax, discussed the necessity of standardizing TET to meet the varying challenges at different educational levels. Prof. Yogesh Singh, Chairperson of NCTE, highlighted the NEP 2020’s vision of focusing on developing Indian ethos and values in students, beyond mere academic marks.

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Shri. Abhimanyu Yadav, Convener TET from NCTE, presented a comprehensive overview of TET’s journey since its inception, emphasizing its role in enhancing the quality and capability of school teachers nationwide. The conference also featured a panel discussion with Prof. H.C.S. Rathore, Former Vice Chancellor, Central University of South Bihar, and Prof. R.C. Patel, Retd. Professor MS University Baroda, addressing participants’ queries.

Representatives from various states and UTs shared their experiences and best practices related to TET, contributing to a collective effort to revamp TET in line with NEP 2020.

As the conference concluded, Convener TET extended heartfelt thanks to all academic dignitaries, education administrators, and participants for their valuable contributions towards shaping the future of education in India. This initiative by NCTE and CBSE is a significant step towards ensuring quality education through the empowerment of teachers, in alignment with the goals of NEP 2020.

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The Rising Leaders’ Summit 2024: A Timeless Learning for Future Educational Leaders

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Gandhinagar, February 2024 – The Rising Leaders’ Summit 2024, an inspiring event hosted by ScooNews in collaboration with the Centre for Creative Learning – IIT Gandhinagar, has successfully marked its conclusion. This pioneering summit, aimed at nurturing the leaders of tomorrow, saw participation from 77 dynamic leaders from across India’s elite schools.

Curated by Aditi Misra, Director DPS Sec-45, Gurgaon | DPS International Edge, Gurgaon | DPS Jaipur| Dharav High Schools, and Amrita Burman, Deputy Director of Sunbeam Group of Educational Institutions, the summit provided a comprehensive platform for personal and professional growth. The event focused on essential leadership facets, including leadership skills, effective communication, strategic thinking, and emotional intelligence, offering attendees a unique opportunity to learn from distinguished experts in the educational field.

The masterclasses, led by esteemed educators like Anand Krishnaswamy, Anju Chazot & Pascal Chazot, Dr. Arunabh Singh, Lt Col A Sekhar, Dr. Gunmeet Bindra, Prof Manish Jain, Lt Gen Surendra Kulkarni, and Vishnu Karthik, covered a diverse range of topics. These included Crucial Confrontations by Middle Leaders, Human-Centered Organisational Alignment, Building Trust Through Culture and Communication, Effective Accountability Structures, Stakeholder Management, The Relevance of Education in the Digital Age, Comprehensive Crisis Management, and Leadership Levers to Enhance Student Learning.

Ravi Santlani, Founder & CEO, ScooNews, said, “I’ve just concluded what can only be described as the pinnacle event of my career – the Rising Leaders’ Summit at IIT Gandhinagar. At ScooNews, we are dedicated to enriching the education sector, a realm that urgently requires revitalisation. There’s no better method to begin this transformation than by equipping the educational leaders of tomorrow. I’m immensely thankful to our eight master trainers and our summit curators, for their priceless contributions. My awe extends to my team, whose unwavering commitment has made this event a landmark in my life. Moving forward, I pledge to devote my life to making a significant impact on our nation’s educators, our teachers. Here’s to jointly elevating the essence of teaching and learning.”

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The insightful discussions and interactive sessions provided practical knowledge, spurred meaningful dialogue, and fostered valuable connections among the participants. The summit not only enhanced the understanding of leadership principles but also honed the skills and expertise essential for creating a positive impact within educational institutions and beyond.

The Rising Leaders’ Summit 2024 stands as a testament to ScooNews’ unwavering dedication to fostering educational leadership. We extend our heartfelt thanks to all the curators, master trainers, and participants for their role in making this event a resounding success. ScooNews remains committed to empowering the educational leaders of tomorrow and looks forward to continuing its mission of enhancing the quality of education across India.

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PM Modi Advocates for Vedic-Based Education Reform

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi recently emphasised the importance of revamping the Indian education system to reflect the nation’s venerable Vedic values. His remarks were made during a celebration marking the bicentenary of Swami Dayanand Saraswati, the esteemed founder of Arya Samaj.

In his discourse, PM Modi stressed the urgency of an education framework that is deeply embedded in Indian traditions. He praised Arya Samaj schools for their foundational role in the educational sphere, advocating for their expansion under the National Education Policy to further inculcate Indian values.

Highlighting the theme of returning to Vedic traditions, the Prime Minister, through video conferencing, acclaimed Swami Dayananda’s rallying cry of ‘Back to Vedas’ at a time when Indian customs and spirituality were waning.

The Prime Minister commended Saraswati for his scholarly exegesis of the Vedas, which played a crucial role in rectifying misconceptions and enhancing the understanding of Indian philosophical thought.

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PM Modi pointed out the adverse narratives employed by the British to demean Indian society, using social evils as a pretext. “Swami Dayananda’s emergence significantly countered these narratives, reviving societal pride and reigniting a passion for Vedic teachings,” he remarked.

The influence of Arya Samaj’s founder on notable figures like Lala Lajpat Rai and Ram Prasad Bismil was also highlighted by PM Modi, portraying Swami Dayananda Saraswati as a luminary of Vedic knowledge and a catalyst for national resurgence.

Through his address, PM Modi underscored the transformative impact of Swami Dayananda’s rational interpretation of the Vedas and his fight against entrenched orthodoxies, positioning him as a pivotal figure in bolstering societal self-belief and revitalising interest in Vedic principles.

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GD Goenka University & Le Cordon Bleu International Announce Expansion Plans for India Campus

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Le Cordon Bleu, the century-old renowned culinary arts and hospitality management institution from France, has announced the strengthening and enhancement of its brand presence in India, through the LCB Campus at GD Goenka University. This announcement marks one decade of the existing relationship between GD Goenka and LCB. The comprehensive plan for India includes tripling student capacity in order to meet the growing demand for quality hospitality and culinary arts education. This underscores recognition of Indian talent being recruited by global brands across markets in Europe, South East Asia, the Middle East, Australia and other regions. 

In line with high demand for professional undergraduate and diploma programmes in hospitality management and culinary arts, the campus will now feature 50,000 sq. ft of technical training areas, housed within GD Goenka Education City, which is spread over 60-acres in Gurugram. 

Facility expansion will aid teaching and training for 500 additional learners, through introduction of a Culinary Theatre, 3 new Training Kitchens, 2 New Pastry Kitchens, 1 New Bakery, 1 Additional Chocolate Artistry Room, and Multiple Student Experience Areas.

Operating as a Centre of Excellence and featuring a global curriculum mapped with Le Cordon Bleu; the LCB India campus will provide immense benefit for students and industry alike, including student and faculty exchange programmes, global pathway opportunities, internships and placements. 

LCB India students will have access to defined LCB articulation pathways, enabling them to transfer to Paris or other LCB campuses, offering global exposure and opportunities for career advancement. 

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Moreover, the partnership will facilitate opportunities for faculty exchange and Management Development Programs (MDPs), fostering a culture of continuous learning and professional development. India students will also benefit from international faculty from Paris visiting the campus and enriching their learning experience with insights from international experts.

Furthermore, LCB India students will have the opportunity to intern with LCB’s partners in Europe and in other areas, gaining invaluable hands-on experience and exposure to international culinary practices.

Mr. Andre J Cointreau, President & CEO, Le Cordon Bleu remarked,We’re moving from a partnership of programmes to a full campus. And I say that everything is accelerating to our systems and processes, our education, which are on one global learning platform, shared by 35-plus LCB institutes around the world, in 28 countries. We’ve partnered with GD Goenka University for a decade, and I can say that we really feel proud of what has been our past, and how things are developing. So we’re going to move ahead at full speed.”

Mr. Nipun Goenka, Managing Director, GD Goenka Group quoted, We value our decade-long partnership with Le Cordon Bleu and we have always been very appreciative. Seeing a high demand for our programmes, we are strengthening our partnership so we can deliver an unparalleled campus experience right here in India. We’re excited about joining global LCB learning systems. The sky is the limit.”

This announcement comes at a time when Indian market is expected to be the global epicenter of interest. Education in India will benefit from such international collaborations, taking Indian education to global standards.

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Dharmendra Pradhan launches Vidyanjali Scholarship Programme

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On 6th February 2024, New Delhi witnessed the launch of the EdCIL Vidyanjali Scholarship Programme by the Union Minister of Education and Skill Development & Entrepreneurship, Shri Dharmendra Pradhan. The ceremony was graced by eminent personalities, including Secretary of Higher Education, Shri K. Sanjay Murthy; Secretary of the Department of School Education and Literacy, Shri Sanjay Kumar; Executive Director of EdCIL, Dr. Chandrashekhar, among other distinguished guests.

The EdCIL Vidyanjali Scholarship Programme, in alignment with the National Education Policy 2020, is a powerful force aimed at revolutionizing opportunities for quality education and access to higher education institutions. Going beyond mere enrolment, this initiative guarantees access to high-quality learning systems by facilitating a seamless transition from secondary to higher education and extending financial support for the meritorious Navodaya Vidyalaya students who lack means.

Shri Pradhan highlighted the programme as a manifestation of the NEP 2020’s vision for educational empowerment, particularly for students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds. Celebrating the achievements of NVS students who have secured places in prestigious institutions like IITs and NITs without coaching, he announced scholarships worth Rs. 5 crore for 70 meritorious students.

The programme also drew attention to the collective role of society in nation-building, with corporates stepping up to sponsor academically gifted students in need. Shri K. Sanjay Murthy and Shri Sanjay Kumar lauded the initiative for leveraging philanthropy in education and acknowledged the academic excellence of Navodaya Vidyalaya students, emphasizing the transformative power of quality education.

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The event saw the exchange of five MoUs between CSR sponsors, including prominent names like Fiat India and HDFC Bank, and the unveiling of the Vidyanjali Fintech Platform/portal. Six Navodaya Vidyalaya students were awarded scholarship letters in a gesture that underscores the government’s commitment to educational inclusivity and socio-economic upliftment.

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